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Exhibitions/ Art Object

Pectoral Ornament

Object Name:
19th century
Attributed to Central Asia or Iran
Silver; fire-gilded and chased, with openwork, applied decoration, wire chains, bells, ram's-head terminals, and table cut and cabochon carnelians
8 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (21 x 21 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, 2010
Accession Number:
Not on view
Two Pectoral Ornaments(?): Nos. 2010.501.7 and 2012.206.4.

Nos. 2010.501.7 and 2012.206.4 are easily identified by the use of openwork arabesques and overall fire gilding as being of Teke manufacture and present variations on the oksay as feminine ornament. The relationship is particularly clear in the former, due to the smaller scale and differentiated half-moons. However, in the latter work the oksay form has been translated into a larger scale and stylized. The very pleasing design presents the undulating, flowing form of the palmette. Marilyn Wolf has noted the presence of only two loops for fastening, supporting the hypothesis of a pectoral ornament, since boys’ amulets feature multiple fastenings used to sew the amulets onto the clothing.[7]

Layla S. Diba in [Diba 2011]


7. Marilyn Wolf, conversation with the author, August 2007.
Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf, Toronto, Canada (by 2006–10; gifted to MMA)
Diba, Layla S. "Silver Ornaments from the Marshall and Marilyn R. Wolf Collection." In Turkmen Jewelry. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2011. no. 72, p. 120, ill. pl. 72 (color).

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